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17th April 2018 – FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance

State Sponsors of Terrorism: An Examination of Iran’s Global Terrorism Network

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since its establishment, the Islamic Republic of Iran has viewed Latin America as a fertile ground for the export of its revolution. Tehran wants the Western Hemisphere to become a hotbed of anti-Americanism and a forward operating base for Iran. more...

13th April 2018 – Foreign Policy

Why Is Trump Going Soft on Hezbollah?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence is set to meet with regional leaders at the Summit of the Americas, where he should tell those assembled that it is time to launch a coordinated campaign against Hezbollah’s illicit empire in Latin America. (The Vice-President is stepping in for President Donald Trump, who abruptly cancelled his Latin America trip to oversee the U.S. response to Syria’s latest chemical attack outrage). But first, the White House has to show that it is prepared to take the lead by designating Hezbollah, a political and militant organization based in Lebanon, as a Transnational Criminal Organization under U.S. law. more...

9th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Force chief: Israel’s destruction the blood debt of Hezbollah commander’s death

Amir Toumaj

Maj Gen Qassem Soleimani, the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, addressed last month a commemoration held in Iran for slain Lebanese Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh (AKA Hajj Radwan). more...

12th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US Inspector General acknowledges Iran-backed militias obtained Abrams tanks

Bill Roggio

The report also notes that the US State Department has pressed the Iraqi government for the return of the tanks, but this has not happened. more...

31st January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Trump administration designates Iranian-spawned jihadist faction in Gaza

Grant Rumley

The Trump Administration announced a new round of economic sanctions against terror groups in the Middle East on Wednesday, including Harakat as-Sabirin li-Nasran Filastin (The Movement of the Patient Ones for the Liberation of Palestine) more...

25th January 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: A bombing, a cover-up, and a murder

Clifford D. May, Toby Dershowitz


13th January 2018 – The Jerusalem Post

British Parliament to Debate Full Ban of Hezbollah as Terrorist Entity

Benjamin Weinthal

The British House of Commons is slated to debate on January 25 a ban of the entirety of Hezbollah because of the Lebanese group’s terrorist activities. more...

28th December 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Lebanese Foreign Minister Under Fire For Saying Israel Should Live in Security

Tony Badran

Lebanon’s foreign minister has come under fire from other members of the government for saying in an interview earlier this week that “we are not against Israel living in security,” Reuters reported Thursday. more...

28th December 2017 – Quoted by Curt Mills - The National Interest

Did Obama Ignore Hezbollah to Secure the Iran Deal?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

“The debate you’re seeing is political,” Emanuele Ottolenghi of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies tells me on a call Wednesday afternoon. “The Obama administration made a pivot in the Middle East towards Iran, which involved relinquishing a number of well-established policies that the United States had pursued in previous decades-- taking the United States in unchartered territories.” more...

26th December 2017 – Resumen de Noticias

Prófugos vinculados a gigantesca red de financiamiento terrorista

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Agosto de 2016. Un hombre de ascendencia libanesa es detenido en el Aeropuerto Guaraní, de Ciudad del Este -en la zona conocida como la Triple Frontera entre Paraguay, Brasil y Argentina-, mientras intentaba enviar 39 kilos de cocaína escondidos en rollos de papel film. El destino final de la carga era Turquía. more...

26th December 2017 – Quoted by Seth J. Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

Hezbollah Scandal Perfect Timing for Trump Administration

Jonathan Schanzer

An explosive and controversial report alleging the Obama administration soft-pedalled investigations into Hezbollah’s drugs and weapons trade due to the desire to get the Iran deal done is making waves in Washington. It could have major ramifications for the region as well, particularly because the Trump administration has Hezbollah in its crosshairs. more...

25th December 2017 – Quoted by Heshmat Alavi - Alarabiya

ANALYSIS: How to tackle Obama’s ‘cover up’ of the Hezbollah drug scandal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Long ago I wrote explaining how Congress is taking the lead on Iran policy. Recently, major developments involving the United States, Iran and the entire Middle East have placed the powerful US legislative body before obligations in the face of arguably the world’s most dangerous regime. more...

21st December 2017 – Quoted by Katie Zavadski - The Daily Beast

Feds: Hezbollah Recruited American to Be Sleeper Agent

Jonathan Schanzer

When U.S. authorities allegedly discovered a Bronx man with terror training checking out potential targets in New York, they might have assumed he was inspired by ISIS. more...

20th December 2017 – The Tower

Former Treasury Official: Trump Administration Needs to Target Hezbollah’s Drug Smuggling

Jonathan Schanzer

In the wake of a report earlier this week that the Obama administration ended an investigation into Hezbollah’s drug-trafficking operations in the Western Hemisphere in order to secure the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, a former United States Treasury Department official outlined steps that the Trump administration could take to effectively combat Hezbollah’s narcotics empire, in an op-ed published Monday in the New York Post. more...

20th December 2017 – InfoBae

Miami Dade solicitó al gobierno de Donald Trump investigar a empresas radicadas en Florida con presu

Emanuele Ottolenghi

La Comisión del condado de Miami Dade aprobó este miércoles una resolución en la que llama al gobierno de Donald Trump a actuar para impedir la recaudación o el lavado de fondos por parte del grupo terrorista libanés Hezbollah e investigar a compañías del sur de Florida sospechosas de financiar a movimientos extremistas. more...

19th December 2017 – Haaretz

Ex-CIA Adviser Denies Report That Obama Thwarted anti-Hezbollah Operation to Save Iran Deal

David Asher

A former CIA adviser denied a Politico report in a series of tweets on Tuesday, calling it "a grand conspiracy led by Hezbollah." According to the Monday report, the Obama administration thwarted a covert operation against the militant Lebanese group in order to save the Iran nuclear deal. more...

19th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Podcast: Hezbollah’s Narco-Terror Nexus in Latin America

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Iranian-backed Hezbollah is leveraging its growing global network to launder huge amounts of money, traffic weapons, and engage in a long list of illicit activities that are increasingly overlapping with the work of Latin American narcos. more...

18th December 2017 – Quoted by Jay Weaver - The Miami Herald

Fugitive who ran internet scams in South Florida linked to terror group Hezbollah

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Once convicted of setting up phony companies to deposit stolen checks at local banks, Roda Taher fled South Florida for the Middle East to avoid prison time. more...

29th November 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Hariri: Lebanon “Cannot Do Anything about” Hezbollah

Tony Badran

After returning to Lebanon following his resignation earlier this month, later rescinded, in Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that Hezbollah was a regional problem and that his nation “cannot do anything about it.” more...

29th November 2017 – Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

The Beirut Echo Chamber

Tony Badran

Donald Trump may have divided America, destroyed the mainstream of the Democratic Party and split the GOP, but he’s unifying the Middle East. Or at least Iran. According to The New York Times’ man in Tehran, Thomas Erdbrink, Trump has whipped Iranians of every class, ethnicity, and political tendency into a nationalist fervor. more...


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25th July 2016 - 9:15 AM

The Third Lebanon War

This summer marks 10 years since the Second Lebanon War—the longest war experienced by Israel since 1948—which left in its wake severe devastation on both sides of the border. The ceasefire under UN Security Resolution 1701 was broken by Hezbollah almost immediately after its implementation in August 2006. Since then, Hezbollah has been gradually but intensively building itself into a more lethal and dangerous force, with new weapons, training and financing from Iran.

13th May 2015 - 11:30 AM

Disputed Borders and the Struggle for Order: Addressing Security Threats in the Middle East

With continued Hezbollah activity emanating from Lebanon, Iran and the IRGC trying to set up a base of operations in the Golan Heights, the decline of the Assad regime in southern Syria, and rising tensions in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel's security situation has become increasingly complex and dangerous. What is the Israeli security outlook for the near and mid-term future?